Black SplatFargo (1996)

"And then he calls me a jerk."

Fargo - Police officer with man shoveling snow

Description: Bain Boehlke as Mr. Mohra reporting an incident to Police Officer Olson (Cliff Rakerd) in the motion picture Fargo (1996).

“THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.”

When homicides occur in the town of Brainerd, Minnesota, ("The Home of Paul Bunyan"), local citizen Mr. Mohra believes he has some information, so he calls the police who dispatch Officer Olson to Mohra's home to hear what he has to say. In a very round about way, Mr Mohra delivers what he knows to the officer.

[Officer Olson pulls up to Mr. Mohra's house in a squad car. Mr. Mohra is shoveling show. The officer waves hello.]

Mr. Mohra: How ya doing?
Officer Olson: Mr. Mohra?
Mr. Mohra: Yeah.
Officer Olson: Officer Olson.
Mr. Mohra:

Yeah, I know. Well, so, I’m tendin’ bar down there at Ecklund and Swedlin’s last Tuesday and this little guy’s drinkin’ and he says, ‘So where can a guy find some action? I’m goin’ crazy out there at the lake.’ And I says, ‘What kinda action?’ and he says, ‘Woman action, what do I look like?’ And I says, ‘Well, what do I look like, I don’t arrange that kinda thing.’ And he says 'but I'm going crazy out there at the lake'. And I say 'Yeah, but this ain't that kind of a place'.

Officer Olson: Ah huh.
Mr. Mohra: He says, ‘Oh so I get it, you think I’m some kinda jerk for askin,’ only he don’t use the word jerk.
Officer Olson: I understand.
Mr. Mohra: And then he calls me a jerk and says the last guy who thought he was a jerk was dead now.' So I don’t say nothin. He says, ‘What do ya think about that?’ And I says, ‘Well, that don’t sound like too good a deal for him then’.
Officer Olson: You got that right.
Mr. Mohra: Yeah, he says that guys dead, and I don't mean of old age. And then he says, 'Geez! I'm going crazy out there at the lake'.
Officer Olson: White Bear Lake?
Mr. Mohra: Well, at Ecklund and Swedlin that's closer to Moose Lake, so I made that assumption.
Officer Olson: Oh, sure.
Mr. Mohra: Anyways, he's drinking at the bar so I don't think a whole great big deal of it, but then Mrs. Mohra she heard about the homicides down here and thought I should call it in, so...I called it in. End of story.
Officer Olson: Well, what this guy look like anyway?
Mr. Mohra: Oh, he's a little guy, kinda funny looking.
Officer Olson: In what way?
Mr. Mohra: Oh, just in a general kind of way.
Officer Olson: Okay, well, thanks a bunch Mr. Mohra. You're right, it's probably nothing, but thanks for calling her in.
Mr. Mohra: Sure, looks like it's gonna turn cold tomorrow.
Officer Olson: Oh yeah, got a front coming in.
Mr. Mohra: Yeah, you got that right.

The homicides mentioned by Mr. Mohra concern the death of a Minnesota State Patrolman and a married couple. When the Patrolman pulls over a car for a license plate check, the two occupants kill the officer, as well as two witnesses passing by who see them murder the cop.

Fargo - Carl Showalter and Gaear Grimsrud

The two criminals, Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) and Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare) hail from Fargo, North Dakota. They were on their way through Brainerd, Minnesota after kidnapping Jean Lundegaard (Kristin Rudrüd), the wife of Minneapolis automobile salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) who set up the kidnapping to extort money from his wife's wealthy father, Wade Gustafson (Harve Presnell) to solve his financial troubles. In the end, Wade is killed at the money drop by Carl, who is later killed by Gaear with an axe after he kills his hostage, Jean.

Fargo - Police Chief Marge Gunderson

As Gaear disposes of his partner's body in a wood chipper, he is shot in the leg and apprehended by Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), the pregnant Brainerd police chief who had followed the clues of the case to bring the criminals to justice, including, Jerry Lundegaard, the perpetrator of the whole mess who is later arrested in a motel outside of Bismarck, North Dakota.

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